David Berger (professor)

Rabbi Dr. David Berger

Dean of Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Director, Wilf Campus Jewish Studies
YeshivaYeshiva University
OrganizationBernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Personal details
Nationality USA
Alma materYeshiva University


David Berger can be an American educational, dean of Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate College of Jewish Research, aswell as seat of Yeshiva College’s Jewish Research department. He’s the author of varied books and essays on middle ages Jewish apologetics and polemics, aswell as having edited the present day critical edition from the middle ages polemic text message Nizzahon Vetus. Outside educational circles he’s most widely known for The Rebbe, the Messiah, as well as the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference, a criticism of Chabad messianism.


Berger grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where he attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush for both elementary and senior high school. He received a Bachelor's level from Yeshiva University in 1964; he majored in Classics and was course valedictorian. Then continued to Columbia School where he finished a Professional of Arts level in 1965 and his Doctor of School of thought in 1970. He received rabbinic ordination in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and it is a member from the Rabbinical Council of America, the state organization representing Contemporary Orthodox rabbis.


Before Berger prominently criticized Chabad, he was most well-known as a specialist on interfaith dialogue and medieval Jewish-Christian debate. He provides written commentaries over the Roman Catholic church's declarations on relationships with various other faiths Nostra aetate ("INSIDE OUR Age group," promulgated 1965), and Dominus Iesus ("Lord Jesus," promulgated 2000) and Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik's "Confrontation". The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) asked him to create a response towards the broadly ecumenical Dabru Emet ("Speak the reality," 2000), which response was eventually followed as the OU's public position. He in addition has contributed an article about Jacob Katz's sights on middle ages Jewish-Christian issue in the reserve, Satisfaction of Jacob.

Chabad controversy

Berger's 2001 publication criticizing Lubavitcher messianism seeing that "just what Jews through the years have seen seeing that common, Christian-style false messianism" made him a respected tone of voice in criticism of Chabad. Berger argues that Chabad messianism will go beyond traditional halakhic limitations of Orthodox Judaism to the idea that Orthodox Jews shouldn't take part in prayer quorums with Chabad Jews.



The Rebbe, the Messiah, as well as the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference, Littman Collection of Jewish Civilization, 2001. ISBN 978-1-874774-88-4 The Jewish Christian Argument in the Large Middle Ages; A CRUCIAL Release of Niẓẓaḥon Vetus, Jason Aronson, 1996. ISBN 1-56821-919-9 (1st ed.: Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Culture, 1979)


"Around the Uses of Background in Medieval Jewish Polemic Against Christianity: The Search for the Historical Jesus," in Jewish Background and Jewish Memory space: Essays honoring Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, ed. Elisheva Carlebach, John M. Efron. "Jacob Katz on Jews and Christians in the centre Age groups," in The Satisfaction of Jacob: Article on Jacob Katz and His Function, ed. JM Harris (Cambridge and London, 2002), 41-63,